Information on why we assess, risks of not being assessed and the benefits of
You might have noticed on our website that we offer a visa assessment for New Zealand. It all starts with what we like to call an ‘initial assessment’, which is free.
But why do we offer a visa assessment? And why do we think it’s important that you have one done?
There are a number of reasons actually, which we’ll all cover right here.
But let’s address another question first – is the initial assessment really free?
Yes, it is. And we only move forward with the process if the initial assessment show that you stand a chance of qualifying for emigration.
Now let’s explain why a visa assessment for New Zealand is necessary:
In a nutshell – peace of mind
Packing up your life and moving to a new country, while exciting, is also a nerve-wracking experience. That’s why our initial visa assessment for New Zealand is designed to set your mind at ease about the big things right from the start:
1. You do not waste money
Let’s say you want to apply for a work visa or residency through the skilled migrant visa.
In most cases you’ll need to secure a job offer in order to secure the visa or residency. As the job search and visa process go hand-in-hand, there are sections of your visa application that should go ahead – and you should only be paying for these parts.
Yet there are many horror stories of applicants paying immigration companies in full for visa applications, only to see no progress with their planned migration.
Why? Because they didn’t go through an assessment phase where the application process is explained to them.
If you do an assessment, you’ll understand how the pieces of this puzzle fit together – and when it’s a good or bad idea to part with your money.
2. You do not build up false hopes of moving to New Zealand
So you’ve spotted your occupation on a skills shortage list and you’re over the moon. You’re moving to New Zealand!
Not so fast. Just because your occupation appears on a New Zealand skills shortage list, doesn’t mean emigration is a given for you.
You’ll still need to meet a long list of other requirements to make it into New Zealand!
That’s where our free initial assessment comes in. It measures your skills, occupations and qualifications, plus various other criteria, against what Immigration New Zealand asks of immigrants.
Rest assured that we’ll leave no stone unturned when doing your assessment. We’ll explore any and all emigration options you may have.
In other words, once you’ve completed your assessment, you’ll know for a fact whether or not New Zealand is a realistic dream for you.
3. You find out if you meet the basic criteria for a New Zealand visa or residency
Doing a visa assessment for New Zealand will ensure that you meet the basic emigration criteria before you make a visa application.
This means you avoid unfortunate mistakes like:
- An application that fail because it didn’t cover the required details.
- Claiming experience that is not valid.
- Getting an incorrect points score.
- Missing opportunities for visa types.
- Forgetting that all family members must meet certain criteria.
- And the list goes on….
Instead, you submit an application that’s prepared correctly, in the full knowledge that you meet all requirements.
4. You discover the best route forward
Sometimes it’s possible for us to suggest the best route forward immediately, but other times it’s necessary for us to consider many options before we present any emigration options to you. This we do with the help of the information we’ve gathered from you during your initial visa assessment.
5. You also get to ask any question you may have
It is of course perfectly natural to have a number of questions concerning your prospective migration. At this early stage of your planning we will do our best to answer everything that we can.
It is our responsibility to make sure you make informed decisions. We do this by giving you relevant, practical and honest replies.
Why don’t you book your free initial visa assessment for New Zealand straight away?
Starting your emigration the right way is as simple as calling us on 021 202 8200 or booking an assessment online.
It’s a small step but it’ll garner huge results, because you’ll enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing the best way forward and knowing that you meet the basic requirements of emigrating to New Zealand.
And remember – your initial assessment is free.
Picture a country which is safe and secure, green and peaceful. This particular country can offer you a better life for you and your family. Not only does this country welcome people from all over the world, but it also has an excellent education system, excellent health care and a stable government.
Yes you guessed it; this particular country is none other than the fabulous New Zealand.
Many people would answer “yes” to the question, when asked: “Do you want to move to New Zealand?”, however most people will not know the answer to the question:” Can I move to New Zealand?”
The truth is that wanting to move to New Zealand and being able to move to New Zealand may be two entirely different realities.
Can I move to New Zealand?
The truth is that nobody can tell you in advance that you will be able to move to New Zealand with certainty. To repeat, there is no immigration specialist in the world that will be able to tell you in advance that you definitely can move to New Zealand.
There is only one way to know if you can move to New Zealand, and that is by means of obtaining an assessment.
What are your assessment options?
With regard to obtaining as assessment for New Zealand, you will be faced with three options.
These options are: DIY assessments, making use of a licensed immigration adviser for New Zealand or making use of someone who is not licensed.
These options will be described to you in more detail
The option of doing it yourself may seem cheaper and easier; however this is not the case at all. Many people have actually missed out on the opportunity of a beautiful life in New Zealand just because they have attempted to do it all themselves.
The truth is that doing it yourself can result in making mistakes. When it comes to your assessment, it is important to give yourself the best chances possible of success. After all successful assessment results may mean that you have passed the first step in the process for New Zealand immigration.
Making even the smallest of mistakes can mean the difference between a wonderful future for you and your family or not. It is highly recommended to rather stay away from this option.
Making use of a licensed immigration adviser for New Zealand
This is a highly recommended option, as a licensed immigration adviser for New Zealand has the knowledge, expertise and practice having helped people just like you many times before.
Making use of a licensed immigration adviser can help you to improve your chances of success. They will also help to ensure that no mistakes are made and that everything is done perfectly in order to improve your chances.
A licensed immigration adviser for New Zealand will be able to offer you the support and guidance which you need. They will also be able to provide you with the best advice and assistance possible for your individual requirements and circumstances.
The problem with a DIY assessment is that you are dealing with a machine. A machine can make mistakes, in comparison to making use of a licensed immigration adviser for New Zealand who is a real person.
Dealing with an automated machine and filling in the form yourself will never be a reliable substitute for being able to sit down face to face with a real person who has studied specifically to help people just like you.
Making use of someone who is not licensed
This option should never even be considered. This option can unfortunately lead to you spending money, time and energy for nothing. Someone who is not licensed should never give you any immigration advice for New Zealand.
An opinion from somebody is not factual and can result in you missing out on a perfectly good opportunity of succeeding in your immigration to New Zealand.
The path forward to New Zealand
Should you be interested in the idea of moving to New Zealand, then it is going to be fully worth your while to deal exclusively with highly reputable professionals who specialise in immigration to New Zealand.
This should be your very first step in the process. A fully licensed and reputable New Zealand immigration adviser will be able to help you explore your different options and help you to determine if New Zealand is even an option for you and your family or not.
Booking an assessment with a licensed immigration adviser is the only way forward.
Booking an assessment or finding out more:
If you would like to find out more about our services or book an assessment with us simply call us on +27 (0) 21 202 8200. Alternatively, send us an email.
Today we would like to share with you the truth about free online assessments for New Zealand and our reasons why they are not the answer.
Where do people find online assessments for New Zealand?
The truth is that the majority of people who make use of online assessments find them from Google.
Let us state for the record:
We are in no way saying don’t use Google, don’t research the web and don’t join Facebook groups – but what we are saying is, treat it with a degree of cynicism.
The impact of Google
Ever had a heated discussion about a topic and someone whips out their cell phone and says the immortal words “let me Google it”.
What you must ask yourself is whether Google is always right? Depending on what site you read global warming is either a sham or the biggest threat to human survival.
What is an online assessment?
- More often than not a series of questions with yes or no answers- sadly the world is often not black and white – but gray.
- Few have detailed descriptions guiding you to answer the questions correctly and containing the more intricate parts of the immigration act.
- Often it is simply a marketing tool to lure you into a proper assessment, which is charged for – based on the premise we all find it hard to turn down something for free.
In short it is nothing more than a computer program, with an algorithm, that calculates your chances of qualifying from a written code. Emigration cannot be written in a code otherwise programmers would be granted the status of licensed agents.
Do online assessments for New Zealand work?
- The vast majority of applicants we have assessed, after they have done an online assessment for New Zealand, have unfortunately, received a different outcome.
- Computer programs don’t ask questions, the information you submit is accepted at face value. As above if this is wrong you will be basing your emigration on the incorrect answers thus costing you considerable money and time.
- Let’s take a skills assessment or NZQA , you enter a degree and years of experience and it gives you points:
- Did you upload your CV? , did the computer read it and validate the years of experience you are claiming?
- Did it advise you on the correct ANZSCO code – this is a common error.
- Did it look to see if your diploma or degree is recognised? Did it only allow you to score points for one qualification?
- Did it tell you the least amount of points you may be given or the highest?
- Did it recommend a process that helps mitigate financial loss to you?
- Is it updated every time there is a change in the skilled shortage lists?
- Did it leave no stone unturned in its efforts to qualify you?
Why we assess and why we charge?
We could use the old adage ‘there is no such thing as a free lunch’, and of course it is true. Our migration agents are highly trained professionals, they have undergone university studies in order to qualify to give you advice, and they continue to hone their skills with ongoing continuous professional development.
As with the vast majority of all us, they do not work for free. We could also say you get what you pay for.
- We charge because we want to ensure we give your migration the individual attention it deserves.
- We don’t want to spend a few minutes on it and then expect you to base a life changing decision on the results.
- We don’t want you to enter into a migration progress where you have not had all the risks to explained to you.
- We don’t want you to miss out on the chance to emigrate because every stone has not been left unturned.
We keep our assessment cost to a minimum (R1710) and further, if you proceed with a full application, we discount this cost by the R1710. We believe your migration journey needs to commence with a strong foundation, based on a licensed immigration agents written report and full attention to detail.
We also ask you to remember our service charges for full applications are amongst the most competitive in the industry, so your assessment is just one small part of the costs you will pay a migration agent.
Booking an assessment or finding out more:
If you would like to find out more about our services or book an assessment with us simply call us in South Africa on either +27 (0) 21 202 8200 or +27 (0) 11 234 4275, or in the UK on +44 (0) 1392 531730.